Canal cruises and exhibits

Richmond’s canal system started in 1789 after George Washington lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with his vision of a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to the trade and market opportunities in the west. Riverfront Canal Cruises offers informative tours and private charters of the James River and Kanawha Canal along Richmond’s historic Canal Walk.

  • Historical tours last about 40 minutes.
  • Covered boats accommodate up to 35 passengers.
  • Tours depart on the hour from the Turning Basin, between 14th and Dock streets on Virginia Street.


The Riverfront Canal Cruise tour hours are seasonal from April to November. Check the official website for a detailed schedule.


139 Virginia Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(804) 649-2800 or (804) 788-6466

Launch official website